What does it take to make changes in our country? In November there will be elections that look to produce an overwhelming Democratic win in Congress
(based on polls, sentiments I hear in my own life, etc.) In times past, this would have constituted a major shift in policies, but I'm not so sure
we will see much change. In the past couple of decades we've seemed to migrate to a one party country with two warring factions - but no significant
difference in the way we can hope to be governed, or in the way our policies will be mandated. In fact, they seem to pitch our mandates out the
window and make up their own. It's two parties performing or not performing in the same way, only with different "reasons" for why they are the
ones that should be in power.
One thing that probably will happen in November, when the Democrats take Congress, is that we'll then have a gridlocked government with a lame-duck
president. To be quite honest, from what I've watched over the last 20+ years, that's about as safe as this country can get. Because the worst you
can worry about is that things just stay right like they are at the moment we enter gridlock....at least they can't get any worse.
More than likely the Democrats will also take the Presidential election in 2008. While I'm a Republican and would prefer for a TRUE Republican to be
elected into office that would trim back this behemoth of a government we've watched be created, I don't think that person exists any more in
American politics. I believe there are no TRUE Republicans in U.S. politics anymore - not unless they reside in the Libertarian or Independent
But the saddest part about it is the pathetic lack of interest by our politicians in listening to the policy
wants and needs of their
constituents. As November nears, and when we start getting into the 2008 campaign, we'll watch both parties obsess on the moral issues that really
aren't even appropriate to be discussed at the national level, and we'll watch them launch personal attacks against each other, all for the sake of
not having to talk to the policy issues we need to address.
And while one would think such a broken, limping system would have it's voters banging the drums of change and asking for their TRUE respective
parties to be cleansed of the extremists that have hidden the foundational platforms of those two parties far from the political arena, we should not
be surprised when no one will kick a fit but all will just jump on the moral issue bandwagon and beat their party's war drum as we march into four
more years of Pappy O'Daniel.
And as a point of evidence to back that the voters have become blind to the ridiculousness of the situation and are part of the problem, I would like
to point you to the posts of this thread. The question was posed by the original poster "What does it take to make changes in your country?"
And we now have 2 pages of moronic posts between extremists of opposing political parties arguing like 5 year olds fighting over the blue crayon as to
which one of the opposing color's administrations was the most corrupt in U.S. history.
Way to go
[edit on 9-17-2006 by Valhall]